Over the last few years, I have put on a few pounds. Okay, to be totally honest, I’ve put on more than a few pounds. Weight that I have desperately been trying to lose. And, let me tell you, anyone who tries to tell you that it is just as easy to lose weight at 50+ as it is at 20 or thirty-something is either seriously misguided or straight-up delusional. I walk, I workout daily and I try to eat sensibly. For me, eating sensibly does not mean living in a constant state of self-denial. Sometimes it means that I can eat a small piece of dark chocolate, but not a entire candy bar (or package of candy bars). Or, when I’m craving crunchy, delicious french fries, I bypass fries made from potatoes and instead opt for chickpea fries.
These chickpea fries with Harissa ketchup are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, bursting with flavor and, as an added bonus, are high in protein and fiber. One serving of chickpea fries has about 5 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. And, they are naturally vegan and gluten-free to boot! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Now, if you really want to make a sensible choice, chickpea fries are also delicious baked instead of fried.
Chickpea fries are awesome on their own. But, what french fry doesn’t like a little dip in the ketchup pool? In this case, these banging chickpea fries deserve something better than your regular old run of the mill ketchup. So, I whipped up a batch of Harissa ketchup to keep them company. Talk about good! My son, Brandon, and I ate so many of these fries dipped in Harissa ketchup, that I started to worry that I wouldn’t have anything left for the photo shoot! Now, I like my Harrisa straight-up, with a bit of fire, but, if you want to tone it down a little, just mix it with a good quality ketchup…and dig in!
Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas anymore! These are not your everyday white potato french fries. Chickpea fries are high in fiber, high in protein, vegan and gluten-free! But, most importantly, they are downright delicious!
Believe me, the world’s not going to come to an end just because you decide to enjoy a treat every now and then. Like a good friend of mine said keep on exercising, eat sensibly, but give yourself some grace. Grab a chickpea fry, dig in and crunch on!!